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Bengals bring back another of their own, Rey Maualuga

Rey Maualuga

Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga waits to go onto the field prior to an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Keating)


Following the Marvin Lewis edict to build from within, and not spend money on external players, the Bengals have kept another of their own.

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals have brought back linebacker Rey Maualuga.

He talked with the Cardinals, who signed linebackers Jasper Brinkley and Lorenzo Alexander, before staying with the team that chose him in the second round of the 2009 Draft.

How they deploy him will be interesting to see, as last year’s undrafted rookie Vontaze Burfict appears the better option in the middle.

Maualuga’s the sixth of the Bengals’ own free agents to re-sign this offseason.